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Pirates closer Jason Grilli on track to return Saturday

May 21, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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From Bill Brink at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette …

Jason Grilli threw another 20-pitch simulated game and said he felt good.

“I would venture a guess that Saturday would be a real strong likely case that I would be out there,” Grilli said.

It was important for Grilli to face major league hitters rather than minor league competition. He said he does not need a rehab assignment.

Grilli has been on the disabled list since April 21 because of a left oblique strain. Mark Melancon has done an admirable job as the Pirates’ fill-in closer over the past four weeks but will presumably slide back into a setup role by early next week.

Grilli has a 2.83 ERA and 40 saves in 149 1/3 innings since joining the Bucs in 2011.

  1. corvetteman6 - May 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    This is one of those irrelevant news pieces, now that the Pirates are out of the race.
    Yes, done. Finished. It’s over.
    Grilli can’t save games in which the team is behind, and thanks to them falling back to earth, they are about where they belong.
    This is a 90 loss team, and the blame rests at the owner’s door. Here’s a guy that truly believes that fireworks and bobble head nights trump the need to spend money on players.
    Personally, I’ll never go to a Pirates game again. What a bad team they are.

  2. musketmaniac - May 22, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Corvette, idiots are always welcome.

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